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Honored for the Honorable Mentions in the 2014 iPhone Photography Awards

Images I shot from Morocco, Italy and India received Honorable Mentions in the 2014 IPPA Awards

Yesterday the iPhone Photography Awards (IPPAs) announced their winners and they are stunning. I was honored- and humbled- to find five of my images among the Honorable Mentions in the Travel, Sunset, People, and Architecture categories.

Left: Snake Charmers in Marrakech Right: Arrividerci, Positano

The gallery of winning images truly shows that it’s possible to shoot incredible photos with an iPhone and made me geek out about the amazing  (and every improving) state of mobile technology.

I’m honored to be in such fine company as my friend, Hector Navarro, whose image won Third Place in the People category. I’m also thrilled to discover  photographers previously unknown to me in the mobile photography arena.

Of all the images honored this year, I’m particularly inspired by this image of Marina Towers in Chicago (aka the building on the album cover of Wilco’s Yankee Hotel Foxtrot), which placed Third in the Architecture category. I think it resonates with me because it is both a travel image and an architecture image, and speaks to my inner aviation geek.

The Taj Mahal

Contests are strange things– often it’s about trends or personal taste of judges. But I’m thrilled that some of my favorite work from the past year connected with the judges among others.

All of my images honored by the IPPAs this year were shot using the Oggl app by Hipstamatic. The image of Positano, Italy is one of my all time favorites– I recently had it printed using the Photos to Art app and hung it in my guest bathroom at home.

Left: water carriers on Jamaa el-Fna in Marrakech, Right: Sunset in Marrakech

This year’s IPPA Travel category is particularly strong and worth checking out if you need a little artistic or vacation planning inspiration.

My iPhone to Art Print hanging in my guest bathroom

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A Slideshow of MobFormat: The Press at the Format Festival

Misho Baranovic hard at work at the chocolate factory in Derby

I just got back from checking out the Format Festival, where mobile photographer (and app developer) Misho Baranovic and EyeEm have teamed up to create the world’s first mobile printing press. The exhibition space- an abandoned chocolate factory in Derby, UK- is rather impressive albeit cold.

I had a great time watching the exhibition in action and had fun hanging out with my fellow mobile photographers, the extremely gifted Nettie Edwards and Joanne Carter, better known as The App Whisperer.

Visitors Selecting Images to Add to the Exhibition

I felt I had to act as a photojournalist and not interfere or influence the process. All the images, once printed, are stored in vintage developing trays from one of the oldest photo labs in the UK.

If I was going to pick an image to add to the exhibition, it would have most likely been this Chat-roulette like selfie that kept catching my eye.

The Press space is huge (and cold). It was 32 degrees Fahrenheit (that’s 0 if you speak Celsius) the day I visited. But the volunteers working the exhibition didn’t complain much. Misho stayed bundled in a parka, a la Kenny from South Park.

It was nice to see the names of EyeEm users who contributed to The Press on a blackboard. I noticed Jim Darling’s portrait right away. It looked fabulous printed.

Check out this slideshow of my visit to the MobFormat: The Press Exhibition.

The Press runs through April 7th. Read about how you can contribute your images to The Press- Trash  in this EyeEm Blog post.

Check out all the albums for The Press on EyeEm:

The Press-Work

The Press- Treasure

The Press-Trash

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TIME Magazine: The Wireless Issue Cover Breakdown and #TIMEwireless Instagram Username Identification Project

The My Life’s A Trip team is proud to give credit and attribution to the instagram users behind 100 of the images that were used on the cover of the 2012 TIME Magazine The Wireless Issue through our Cover Breakdown and Instagram Username Identification Project.

Editor’s Note: In August, I was surprised to discover 5 of my instagrams on the cover of the TIME magazine’s 2012 The Wireless Issue. I was lucky to notice my instagram because it wasn’t font blocked by headlines or letters, as most of the images were. Font blocking is nothing new for photographers who shoot magazine covers. A magazine cover image is always just a background for headlines. The bigger complaint I kept hearing on social media was that very few of the instagram users whose images were used were given any credit by TIME Magazine. A small selection of “editors favorites” made it into a slideshow on the TIME website, with those photographers credited.

Just because TIME Magazine didn’t tell you if your instagram was chosen for the edit, that doesn’t mean My Life’s A Trip can’t (or at least try to)! So I decided to have my assistant, Anastasia, lead a team of researchers from Dev-Pro to try and identify as many of the instagram images and users as possible.

The research team was able to identify 100 usernames in total. We are proud to give credit and attribution to the instagram users behind 100 of the images that were used on the cover of the 2012 TIME Magazine The Wireless Issue. The first 37 usernames are in this post.

Below is Anastasia’s report about the project, which brings to light some of the issues and limitations of instagram’s “mobile only” platform.

The cover for TIME Magazine’s “THE WIRELESS ISSUE 10 Ways Your Phone is Changing the World” shows an edit of 288 Instagram photographs from across the world. And since the issue itself contains a lot of statistics and infographics that illustrates human dependency on smartphones and tablets, we decided to make an info graphic about TIME cover itself:

All featured Instagrams can be divided into the following categories:

  • Nature & Sunrises – 77 pics.
  • City Architecture – 62 pics.
  • People – 51 pics.
  • Animals – 17 pics.
  • Food – 13 pics.
  • Beach – 11 pics.
  • Vehicles – 12 pics.
  • Flowers – 5 pics.
  • Misc – 40 pics.

An attempt to find (and identify) the photographers of all Instagram images featured on the cover of the TIME Wireless issue became a real challenge. Since Instagram is a “mobile only” social media it still doesn’t have a fully functional web viewer. Sites like Statigram and Webstagram allow you to search images by @username or #hashtag only, but not by date or, for example, two tags at the same time. The only way to find who those photos belong to was to check all 31,000 instagrams manually. This actually turned out to be over 36,000 instagrams because people kept using the #TIMEwireless hashtag even after the issue was published. It took a team of 4 researchers 24 hours total to identify the usernames who contributed 100 of the instagrams used on the cover. It took an additional 13 hours by two researchers to try and find contact information for these instagram users.

We are excited to share our results and the instagram usernames of the first 37 instagram users we’ve identified. This first group are users who have blogs (and thus are easier to contact). Only two of these users identified in the list below have work that My Life’s A Trip was previously familiar with: Nicholas Carron of We are JUXT, a great mobile photography blog and collective of mobile artists; and Taylor Michie, an extremely bright high school student who writes for HuffPost Teen as well as his own blog listed below.

The first 37 instagram usernames (and names and associated blogs) are as follows:

Did you find your instagram on the cover? Or, maybe, you know someone who did? Help us to fill the gaps by adding a comment in the comments section below. We will identify more instagram users in future posts so stay tuned…

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EyeEm Spotlight Post: meeting EyeEm Rockstars

Roof top Bar Melbourne

I am very excited to have some of my mobile photography images from Tokyo, Sydney (including my incredible view from The Four Seasons Sydney) and Melbourne featured on the EyeEm Blog today, along with my post about meeting some exceptional mobile photographers in Japan and Australia. I hope you check it and enjoy it. Much thanks to Severin and the gang at EyeEm for giving me the opportunity to contribute!

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EyeEm Spotlight

Rainy Day at the Admiral's Club at Heathrow

Rainy Day at the Admiral’s Club at Heathrow

I’m honored to be included in the the EyeEm Spotlight Follow Friday Blog in the company of some very talented mobile photographers. Please check it out and look at some stunning mobile photography images from around the world.

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